style sense

. August 23, 2013.
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Interview with Summer Cleveland,  Visual Director for Urban Outfitters 

 

How do you describe your personal style?

Modern, eclectic, usually in a pretty neutral palette.  I like to have a little irony in my outfitting.  I like to combine unexpected pieces. Classic with bohemian, feminine with edgy, designer with thrift finds. I think people should be open to many different styles and the combination of them. I don’t want to have a one-note style. Keep it clean, keep it pretty, mix it up, combine the unexpected and have fun.

 

How do you put your look together?

I travel a lot for work and often live out of a suitcase two-to-three days a week. That keeps me buying separates that can look good in a lot of different combinations. It’s also easiest to work with greys, blacks, whites, and crème because they can be dressed up or down quickly depending on where you’re going.  I wish I could say I dressed for comfort, but most of my jeans and shoes would argue against that.

 

What influences your style?

I follow a lot of blogs—I have to in my line of work. I also follow fashion Instagrams for daily fixes when I travel and I reference great style from the 70s through old magazines and online.  

 

What places in Ann Arbor do you like to shop, espcially locally-owned places?

I’m really excited about the Anthropologie that’s coming to Ann Arbor. I also love the GetUp Vintage store on State St. and have shopped there for years. American Apparel is great for fashion basics and Footprints is a good staple shoe store in town.